Manager of Institutional Giving (DY)

The Organization

DreamYard collaborates with Bronx youth, families, and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts, digital learning, and social justice pedagogy.  We work with approximately 15,000 students annually through programs that run across 50+ Bronx public schools as part of our Bronx Arts Learning Community (including DreamYard Preparatory High School), at the DreamYard Art Center and in Partnership with HERE to HERE. 

At DreamYard, we commit to being an antiracist organization. We acknowledge the weight of history in perpetuating inequities. We lead with race because we operate in a country founded on the genocide of Indigenous people, the enslavement of African people, and the oppression of countless others.   Using art and education as platforms to offer a hopeful vision of the future, we commit to challenge oppression and its intersections.

Position Summary

The Manager of Institutional Giving is primarily responsible for creating compelling, outcome-driven letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and other correspondence for a diverse audience of foundations, corporate partners, and government donors (both current and prospective). Additional responsibilities include managing the full grant calendar (accounting for approximately 45% of the organization’s $5.8 million budget) and creating systems to improve department efficiency.

The position reports to the Co-Executive Directors, works closely with the Director of Individual and Corporate Relations, and share some oversight of the Development Associate’s work related to Raiser’s Edge NXT and grant management systems.

Position Responsibility 

DreamYard has just completed work on its five-year strategic plan (2018-23) with a goal to increase our school partnerships and community engagement work. We are looking to grow our annual budget from $5.8 million to $7 million by  2021.  The Manager of Insitutional Giving will:

  • Identify and research prospective new institutional donors, keeping up to date on emerging philanthropic trends in the field;
  • Write and edit all grant reports, including financial reporting;
  • Collect, analyze and maintain evaluation and anecdotal data to assist with solicitations, reports, and collateral materials;
  • Maintain grant calendar indicating renewals, reports, and proposal deadlines;
  • Work closely with the Co-Executive Directors and finance department to manage annual fundraising forecast;
  • Maintain collaborative working relationship with all program staff to keep up-to-date on all activities, and design funder visits of different programs throughout the year;
  • In collaboration with other members of the Development team and the Co-Executive Directors develop short and long-term growth strategies for institutional giving;
  • Additional responsibilities as requested by the Co-Executive Directors.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attend regular Development meetings and contribute to maintaining an accurate agenda.
  • Develop and co-facilitate the Development Annual Retreat (typically held in June of each year).
  • Maintain external sites such as Guidestar, Data Arts, and Charity Navigator.
  • Ensure financials, donor privacy statement, and other information that may impact our nonprofit rating are up-to-date and accurate on the DreamYard website and all external sites as mentioned above.
  • Work with Development team to design, develop/produce the organization’s Annual Report.
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings and learning community, which include co-facilitated activities and open dialogue on topics such as racial equity, social justice, identity, restorative justice and other mission-specific issues.
  • Assist with large-scale development events as needed (e.g. annual benefit).
  • Assist with large-scale organization-wide events as needed.


  • 2-3 years of development experience with success in proposal writing and grants management required.
  • At least one-year supervisory experience a plus.
  • Experience preparing budgets and financial reports.
  • Highly organized, detailed oriented, and self-motivated with the ability to work on multiple projects with competing deadlines.
  • Experience using Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator) or equivalent design programs a plus;
  • Passion and commitment for the arts and education and issues surrounding racial and economic justice.
  • Demonstrated creative problem solving and strategic planning skills.
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends as needed.

Please send (1) a resume and 2) a cover letter providing more in-depth information on your academic and professional experience and your passion for working with DreamYard in this position via e-mail by Friday September 21, 2018 to:

Rachel Bogin, Director of Individual and Corporate Relations, DreamYard Project

E-mail: [email protected]

DreamYard offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package; starting salary for this position is commensurate with experience and with similar positions citywide.

DreamYard is committed to the principles of arts education, educational reform and social justice, and fashions its programs to specifically address the needs of urban communities that are typically underrepresented because of race, sex, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.  Accordingly, we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals.  Bronx based applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.  DreamYard Project, Inc. employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other attribute not related to superior performance.


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  • Biz Ghormley
    published this page in Job Board 2018-09-13 00:30:15 -0400